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Lab-Grown Meat: Mmm Mmm Good

Scientists are working on producing meat which is grown in a laboratory, mostly separating livestock from the food equation. Though the Bible allows all animals to be used for food, lab-grown meat would solve plenty of problems.

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 4But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

Genesis 9:3–4, King James Version

I’ve yet to hear one argument from a vegan or vegetarian which could convince me that eating meat is an immoral or otherwise negative practice. Simply put, animals are a gift, explicitly given to us by Yahweh for meat, provided that the blood is removed and cooked out, for “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11a, KJV).

However, recent studies are saying that it may be possible to grow this flesh in laboratories without requiring the death of the animals themselves.

The process, greatly simplified, would involve using a sample of muscle cells from the animal (such as a cow or chicken) to grow muscle tissue within the laboratory. All the cost surrounding the growing and slaughter of livestock would be eliminated, and the nutrients contained within the lab-grown meat could be controlled.

Could you imagine eating a porkchop rich in vitamins A, C, D, E, K, … ?

I am intrigued by this, and I hope that the plans to do this come to fruition. If done properly and if the meat can be manufactured cheap enough, this could feasibly help eliminate at least some world hunger.

It could also help alleviate some vegan and vegetarian pressures on meat-eaters. The most popular reason for giving up meat is the so-called cruelty to the animals; eliminate the cruelty from the meat-production process, and the oft-claimed reason is gone.

And I have to say this: Even though this could be a wonderful breakthrough, science has still yet to create even lifeless beef in the lab without having to start with or reuse what God already gave them to work with back on the sixth day of creation.

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